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The Canadian Progressive: Montreal police spying on journalist Patrick Lagacé condemned by Reporters Without Borders

Reporters Without Borders is appalled by recent revelations that Montreal police secretly monitored the mobile phone of La Presse columist Patrick Lagacé. A coalition of Canadian rights groups links the Lagacé case to Canadian police and security services’ growing hunger for new powers and investigative capabilities.

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drive-by planet: US journalists critical of Obama admin secrecy – ‘setting standards for secrecy that are spreading nationwide’

Barack Obama came into office promising the most open and transparent government ever. In the light of the Obama administration’s obsessive concerns with secrecy and information control the claim seems badly out of sync with current realities.

People close to the action are best placed to judge when it comes to issues of access . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: US journalists critical of Obama admin secrecy – ‘setting standards for secrecy that are spreading nationwide’

drive-by planet: Don’t believe the hype

Montreal Simon: Mohamed Fahmy and the Shameful Silence of Stephen Harper

It's a trial that has caused outrage all over the world. The sentencing of three Al Jazeera journalists, including a Canadian citizen Mohamed Fahmy, to long prison terms in Egypt.For the crime of committing journalism.But even though world leaders have been lining up to condemn that travesty of justice.Even though journalists all over the . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Mohamed Fahmy and the Shameful Silence of Stephen Harper

The Disaffected Lib: Peaking Past Paywalls

I’m not rich.   There I’ve said it.  Like most people my age I have to be a bit frugal.  Extravagance is for those on the way up.

And so I have to bid a temporary adieu to the Toronto Star after discovering I have used up my quota of 10-free stories a month.  I don’t . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Peaking Past Paywalls

The Canadian Progressive: Aaron Swartz’s Last Gift: Site Launches Whistleblower Safe House

In era of “most aggressive government assaults on press freedom,” new open source dropbox provides “secure route” for leaks By: Lauren McCauley | Published by Common Dreams on May 17, 2013 One month before his January 11th suicide, web pioneer and creative commons architect Aaron Swartz completed one last project—an “opensource drop box for leaked . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Aaron Swartz’s Last Gift: Site Launches Whistleblower Safe House

The Canadian Progressive: Freedom of Press Under Attack in Montreal (VIDEO)

During the Quebec student protests against the tuition hikes, members of the press came under attack by the SPVM (Montreal Police). This video aims to raise the issue of press freedom in face of suppressive and brutal tactics by the SPVM to deny access of coverage to members of the media. The Canadian Progressive recommends: . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Freedom of Press Under Attack in Montreal (VIDEO)